Updated: May 7
My heart goes to the independent bookstores that got affected by the outbreak of COVID19.
Like a chain reaction:
If no one comes to the store and buys a book, it means no sales.
No sales mean no income. No income means needing to lay off employees because the owner has to keep the store afloat until the pandemic subdued.
Being laid off is tough right now because no one is hiring.
Do you know who else got affected if nobody comes to buy a book?
Authors of the books, including me.
Thinking about that, my heart also goes to the authors who just released their books this year, like one of my fellow authors, Clarissa Goenawan who just released her 2nd book, The Perfect World of Wimako Sumida. The pandemic may affect the sales of their books.
So everybody hurts, indeed.
However, there are always ways to help, and you can make it happen.
If you want to read as you stay home during the pandemic while helping independent stores and their employees:
* Buy books online and get them delivered to your home.
* Call to buy a book and pick it up on the curbside. (Some independent bookstore offer curbside book pickup – for detail please read this article https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/us/independent-bookstores-coronavirus.html)
If you want to help the authors:
* Buy or borrow their books Write a short review of their books on Amazon, Goodreads, or Google book.
* Spread the words about the books to your friends or write about it on your blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any social media.
Thank you, and let us support one another and stand against the virus.